Sunday, June 26, 2011

Question from Mary R - Outlawing of serfdom in England

Does anyone know when the practice of holding serfs was outlawed in England? I know that during the Wat Tyler rebellion, Richard II agreed to free them; but I think he reneged on this.


Anonymous said...

According to this article, serfdom in England pretty much died out without special legislation; it was effectively recognized as dead by 1574:

shtove said...

Worth keeping an eye on enclosures of common land, which accelerated in the Tudor period.

Wikipedia has a decent section on it:

No more serfs, but the common people still screwed.